Millie: Week 11

I hope you enjoy these weekly updates as I learn to navigate through the business of flipping houses.  This flip, Millie is the most challenging and most exciting yet! You can find more about this house and about my 3 previous flip houses here. It isn't until I write this post every week that I realize how the time is flying on this flip.  Week 11 already??  And the interior work is just picking up steam.  Between the sheer amount that needed to get done in this house both inside and out and the time of year where all my contractors are finishing out their busiest season I'm very much behind where I thought I would be at this point.  Ce la vie.

One task that I was hoping to avoid but wasn't able to consumed a large portion of my week: demoing the plaster and lathe basement ceiling.


Sadly I have much more of this ahead of me since I've only gotten half of the room demoed.  This is primarily so that my electrician can get to all the wiring and avoid having to poke any unnecessary holes into my finished walls on the first floor.  All this work for the sake of new wiring.  It'll be worth it in the end, it'll be worth it in the end, it'll be worth it in the end....


Demoing plaster above your head is a great work out.... one that in retrospect, I should have outsourced.  My arms and back will thank me next time.

Heading outside, you already saw Millie's spiffy new house numbers in Wednesday's post:


And one of the 2 porch lights is up!  The other had to be reordered since the first came in broken.  BUT, if you look at this view of the porch we can pretend it's all done!


Thankfully this week also brought the right kind of weather for grass-growing.  I think it heard me threatening sod and knew it needed to get it's act together.  Grow little grass, grow!


It also came time this week to bid the old broken garage door adieu.  I decided to take it upon myself to install the door that I purchased on craigslist.


The new door still isn't functional yet, though- once I got to this point, I realized that the second to the bottom panel where the handle and lock live is upside down.  Phooey.  Easily fixable but phooey

Meanwhile, back inside my electrician was plugging away and my plumbers were getting started on the home's total plumbing overhaul.  Starting with removing the entire stack.  I presume the buyers won't want a corroding sewer pipe in their wall.


Blue tubs also stand no chance in my houses.  The plumbers eradicated my blue tub problem and the existing bathroom is now a blank slate!


Just in time for me to refinish it's new (old) tub!!  The first claw foot tub that I purchased is finished being painted and has moved into the house only to be replaced by the next tub that needs love.


Another Habitat for Humanity ReStore treasure, this tub doesn't nee a full refinish- just some new paint on the base and feet!  The feet are already in the midst of getting stripped for their new finish, but the tub is just getting sanded before it's new coat.


The feet are going white on this one.  If only I could decide on a color for the tub itself.  This tub will be in the family bathroom (the existing one I showed you above) with white subway tile walls and marble hex floor tile.  I'm thinking it definitely needs to be a color- maybe a light blue or a refresh of it's current yellow?  Or maybe a striking green?  What's your vote??